"A parish in the hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh; 3½ miles (SW) from Ruthin. ..... This parish is situated in a mountainous district, and the village is almost surrounded by unproductive and widely extended heaths: in the vicinity are some excellent quarries of stone, among which is that peculiar kind used for hones." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]

The ancient parish of Clocaenog comprised the townships of Bryngwri, Llanerchgron, Maen-ar-ei-gilydd, Maestyddyn, Clocaenog Ucha, and Clocaenog Isa.



  • Naisby, Audrey (ed).   Plwyf Clocaenog a'r trigolion      Wrexham : Bridge Books, c2006.
  • Pratt, Derrick.    Parkers of Clocaenog       Trafodion (Denbighshire Historical Society), 43 (1994), p. 116-120.

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Bethesda, Wesleyan, Clocaenog

Ordnance Survey reference SJ 082543.
The church, which is dedicated to St. Foddhyd, was mentioned in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. It was renovated in 1856, and again in 1882.

The Clwyd FHS website has a photograph of the church.

Nonconformist Churches

"Welsh Church Commission - County of Denbigh - The Statistics of the Nonconformist Churches for 1905" lists the following nonconformist places of worship in the Civil parish of Clocaenog :

Name of ChapelDenominationNumber of "adherents"
CadesCalvinistic Methodists67

Church Records

Parish Registers

  • The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
    They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
1672 - 19611676 - 19651672 - 1933
  • Clwyd FHS has published full transcriptions of the registers (complete with indexes) for the following years :
1672 - 18121676 - 18121672 - 1812

Bishop's Transcripts

  • Bishop's Transcripts for the years shown below have been deposited in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    Around the year 1951, most of the Bishop's Transcripts which had been deposited at that time were microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and the films are available on request at Family History Centres of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    The films may also be viewed at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales.
    In general, the Bishop's Transcripts are less complete than the parish registers.
Deposited at the National Library of WalesMicrofilmed copies
1676 - 18631813 - 1863


  • The following have been incorporated into the I.G.I., as part of an "official extraction" programme.
    They were extracted from the Bishop's Transcripts, not from the Parish Registers.
1813 - 18631813 - 1836

Civil Registration

When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Clocaenog was assigned to the No. 4 ("Gyffylliog") sub-district of the Ruthin Registration District; which was co-extensive with the Ruthin poor law Union.

In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Clocaenog are in the format :

  • Years 1837 - 1851: Ruthin XXVII. nnn
  • Years 1851 - 1930: Ruthin 11b. nnn

(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)


Description & Travel

Clocaenog Forest - on wikipedia

Clocaenog Forest - on hiraethog

Various landscapes on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Clocaenog which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



"North-East Wales Churches and Ancient Parish Boundaries" produced by Clwyd Record Office in 1994, published by Genuki with the permission of Flintshire Record Office and Denbighshire Archives

Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348.   Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county.

Map of the parish of Clocaenog in the County of Denbigh on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ050536 (Lat/Lon: 53.071433, -3.418808), Clocaenog which are provided by:



  • In 1831- the population was 461.
  • In 1901- the population was 373.
    [ Royal Commission on the Welsh Church - October 1907]


Pupils of Clocaenog School tegether with their teacher on the People's Collection Wales site



  • Archdeacon Thomas gives the area of the parish as 6134 acres.
    [ The History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 1908-1913, Ven. D.R. Thomas]